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CE Marking of Machines and Facilities

What is CE marking, how do you comply the production facility with CE marking, and how can Process Engineering A/S help you with all of it? Read more about CE marking on this page and get further information of what you should do.

CE Approval
CE marking is a key indicator for whether a product live up to EU law and it facilitates the free movement of goods on the European market.



What is CE marking?

When a manufacturer achieves CE approval for a product, he declares and accepts liability that the product complies with all requirements needed to achieve CE marking. Moreover, he guarantees that the product can be legally sold in EU, EEA and EFTA countries as well as Turkey.

This also applies to products, which have been produced in third-party countries and are sold in EEA or Turkey.

Does the production facility comply with CE marking?

Before a machinery can commence operation, certain machines and facilities must achieve CE marking. This is based on a technical file, which must be supplied by the manufacturer. In addition to drawings, calculations, test results and schematic overviews, this file must contain a risk evaluation as well as a user manual for the facility.

CE marking a facility can be a complex exercise. The work can include older machines, which does not have a conformity declaration. Also, the end user of the facility can have had a desire to integrate their own machine control system. Oftentimes individual machines have been sourced, which do not fulfill a function on their own.

Therefore, the end user become classed as the manufacturer and assumes liability for the facility’s compliance with the requirements necessary for CE approval.

Requirements for CE approval

Facilities, which have commenced operation after 1994, must meet the requirements detailed in the Machinery 2006/42/EC. In most cases, the company’s production facility must also comply with the following directives:

  • ATEX-directive (2014/34/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres).
  • Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC and the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive
  • Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)
  • Others of the more than 20 CE marking directives

Machines and machine facilities from before 1995, as well as machines, which are not included in the Machinery Directive, must also be evaluated for safety and a user guide must be produced. This is a requirement from the Danish Work Environment Authority’s Order on the design of technical equipment.

Limiting the CE marking project

Process Engineering A/S can provide insight into how to limit your project strategically, with a view to minimise time consumption and simplify the documentation.

Creation of technical files and risk evaluation can be done for a single machine, machine entities, production lines or facility sections. Simultaneous with the CE marking, the facility’s technical documentation will be reviewed. We have a strong position via our knowledge of the directives’ requirements as well as a practical and rational approach to executing a CE marking.

Our experience tells us, that it is important to prepare the CE marking of a facility during the project planning and purchasing phases, to ensure that relevant documentation and marking accompany the individual components from the suppliers.

References for CE marking projects
  • DuPont (factory facility and water purification)
  • Tulip (production lines)
  • Novozymes (Silo and BIB plant)
  • Shell (CE-marking procedure)
  • Graintec (CE-marking procedure and ATEX)
  • Sanovo (CE-guidance)
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Poul B. Jakobsen
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